Implementing Good Practices Programs to Encourage Production of High-Quality, Safer Produce in Mississippi
Fifty-four growers/producers attended four 1-day good agricultural practices (GAP) and good handling practices (GHP) workshops at four locations in Mississippi. Pre- and postworkshop survey data indicated that the participants' food safety knowledge increased by 15%. Furthermore, the workshops helped producers develop their own food safety plans. The workshops also trained the producers to be prepared for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) GAP and GHP audits. To assist producers in preparing for these audits, two mock audits were conducted after the workshops. As a result of the program, several producers became ready to be audited, and at least one producer became USDA GAP certified.
Mahmoud, B. S., Stafne, E. T., Coker, C. H., & Bachman, G. R. (2016). Implementing Good Practices Programs to Encourage Production of High-Quality, Safer Produce in Mississippi. The Journal of Extension, 54(4), Article 18. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol54/iss4/18